Celebrity Big Brother 2014 contestants: Meet Audley Harrison

It's time to get to know the latest bunch of contestants a little better

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As 14 new contestants prepare to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house tonight, it’s time to get to know those expected a little better.

Who? Audley Harrison, retired boxer.

Where do I know that face from? In 1997 Audley became the first British superheavyweight champion and retained the title the following year, during which he also won gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Competing as an amateur at the 2000 Sydney Olympics Audley defeated Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov and became the first British boxer to win Olympic gold in the superheavyweight division.

Audley was awarded an MBE in 2011 for his services to sport and turned professional the same year after signing a £1million contract with BBC Sport for his first 10 professional fights

Why Celebrity Big Brother? Audley is used to winning in the boxing ring, but this time he has his eyes fixed on an altogether different kind of prize.

 

What can we expect in the house? Six foot six inch Audley is a tough cookie - despite being encouraged to retire following a brutal first-round knockout in 2012, he extended his career at the age of 41. We're guessing he'll be pulling no punches in the house.

Odds of winning? 8/1

Hosted by Emma Willis, series seven of the hit reality show airs on Channel 5, with viewers promised “countless twists, turns and tough tasks”.

The house has been given a make-over for the new run, but celebrities will not be expecting VIP treatment but, instead, plenty of drama and tension.

Last year’s show was won by Geordie Shore’s Charlotte Crosby, who beat 5ive singer Abz Lowe to the title.

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